The BBC's adaptation of Diane Setterfield's 2006 novel "The Thirteenth Tale" is poised to be a major part of its Christmas line-up, and it appears they have found their lead.
Veteran stage and screen actress Vanessa Redgrave has joined the cast of the 90 minute drama, taking on the role of Vida Winter, reclusive English author with a checkered, ghost-filled past.
The story centers on world reknowned novelist Winter, as she enlists the help of amateur biographer Margaret Lea to tell the story of her life. As Winter and Lea relive the tumultuous youth of the English novelist, both women are forced to confront the ghosts of their respective pasts.
Joining Redgrave on the project are "Game of Thrones"' Sophie Turner and Antonia Clarke ("Lightfields"), taking on the roles of Adeline and Emmeline March, twin sisters who factored heavily into the strange events that led to Winter's childhood home of Angelfield being burned to the ground. Reportedly, with the story spanning several decades, Turner and Clarke will not be the only actresses taking on the March sisters' roles. Turner will not be the only "Game of Thrones" alum on the BBC Two effort, as Robert Pugh has also signed on as part of the main cast.
The adaptation of the novel was written by Christopher Hampton ("Atonement"), while James Kent ("Inside Men") is set to direct.
Sophie Turner & Antonia Clarke Cast In BBC Two’s ‘The Thirteenth Tale’
Robert Pugh Cast In BBC Two’s ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ Adaptation
Vanessa Redgrave Cast As Lead In BBC Two’s ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ Adaptation